In This Issue...
F.I.D.O.: Kevin Slater
Dog Yard Noise
Road Food Inuit Dog Style
Differences in Mushing: Greenland and Arctic Canada, Part III
How Much is That Doggie in the Window?
Product Review: MAXIGUARD® Zn7™ Derm
IMHO: People, People, People
One end of a chain picket line (Canada) held fast
to an ice davit Photo: Hamilton
A Visualization of Differences
by Sue Hamilton
Confinement of Dogs
In Canada, dogs are picketed in linear fashion and the material of choice is some manner of chain. The "drops" - the short section of chain off the main to which the dogs are attached - are either singles separated by a distance to prevent dogs from having contact with each other, or in pairs. An ice davit (a thick "bridge" of ice remaining after the ice on either side and underneath has been hacked away) is created to secure each end of the picket line.
In Greenland, the chain picket line is also used in town designated dog yards. Out on the trail the dogs remain in their harnesses with their polypropylene tug lines attached. In the same manner that tugs are fixed to the sled, they are bunched together at their terminal point and then tied to a line which is anchored to an ice davit or some other fixed point, if on land. All dogs have complete access to each other, although it is not uncommon to see them resting in a great circle.
In Canada the wall tent is typically seen. The dominant variety is the double wall Fort McPherson Tent. The tent is stretched out and held in place by lines attached to ice davits or four-liter (gallon) cans of Coleman™ fuel buried in the snow. The plastic tarp used to secure the contents of the qamutiq while traveling also serves as the "ground cloth", on top of which go the caribou hides and then the sleeping bags.
In Greenland tents are used as well but they are much smaller and set up over pairs of qamutiit.